Jeppe on a Friday

A Johannesburg neighourhood unites eight people’s ambitions, desires, and struggles to survive over the course of a Friday


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JEPPE ON A FRIDAY is a totally unique documentary that needs your support!

In March 2012, Arya Lalloo and I invited eight South African directors to make a movie about a Johannesburg neighbourhood, all shot in one day. I did this in Montreal in 2011 and it is an incredible way to tell local stories, and celebrate local community and filmmakers.


Every neighbourhood has a story. This is Jeppe’s.

Shot by a team of up-and-coming South African directors JEPPE ON A FRIDAY is a rollicking look at a diverse group of people surviving a changing African metropolis. We meet:

  • Beninese entrepreneurs, Arouna and Zainab, who survived ten days barricaded in their apartment while xenophobic violence raged in the streets below.
  • Ravi, a second-generation Indian shop owner who considers himself a Jeppe boy. A shrewd businessman, Ravi grew up in the neighbourhood, till the apartheid government forcibly removed his family. 
  • Vusi, a garbage reclaimer, walks 15 km with his trolly from the affluent suburbs into the city every day, transforming waste into wealth, and remaining proudly independent. 
  • Alfred, a 'black diamond' wedding planner hustling his wares in the artsy renovated city spaces.
  • Robert, who leads a traditional Zulu isicathamiya singing group lives in a 10,000 strong men's hostel and works hard on his music career.
  • Mr. Gift, a blind Zimbabwean who along with a few hundred other blind migrants, fled to Johannesburg and now illegally occupy an inner city building.
  • Then there is JJ, a young white venture capitalist who returned to South Africa from Europe, hoping to develop what he believes might be the next New York style urban environment in the inner city.
  • Sixteen year old Lillan, a political refugee from Zimbabwe and the brightest matriculating student in her inner city school....

Underneath it all are everyday struggles, laughter and love, and the discovery of how to live with, or apart from each other.


In 2009 I made my first feature documentary, H2Oil, in Canada, following the struggles of indigenous communities downstream of the tar sands. It was a deeply political film and interrogated the global issues we face around the crisis of both water and oil. Dealing with such large, global issues as these was daunting and inspiring.

H2Oil touched a nerve, and the film was invited to screenings around the world. People wanted to talk about what to do about oil. Provoked by the questions I was hearing from audiences, I came to realize that change starts here, in communities.

These questions were part of the inspiration behind a triptych of collaborative neighbourhood documentaries, which began in Montreal with St-Henri, the 26th of August that I released last year.

JEPPE ON A FRIDAY shines the spotlight on your friends and neighbours, people you would never have the chance to know, and people whose lives are so marginalized this may be the only time you will ever hear their voices. The film forces us to look at those around us in a very different way.

The team of dynamic and talented directors are: Arya Lalloo; Karin Slater; Kitso Lynn Lelliott; Lucilla Blankenberg; Mujahid Safodien; Natalie Haarhoff; Ryley Grunewald; Shannon Walsh; and Xoliswa Sithole.


The film is a beautifully shot, cinéma verité documentary all shot in one day AND WE NEED YOUR HELP TO FINISH IT!

We need $44,000 to finish the film and we are trying to raise at least $20,000 of that amount through crowd funding here!

This money will be used for translation, picture editing, sound editing, and sound mixing.


This project was born from an idea that we must hold on to our love for independent documentary, and that collaboration is not only possible, it is essential.

By supporting each other we CAN keep independent cinema going and make films that tell real stories about urgent issues.

Documentary funding is more difficult than ever, and the recent cuts to funding sources have hit our project hard. But we won't let that stop us from continuing to make top quality documentaries!

We have a very successful track record behind us of making award-winning documentaries. St-Henri, le 26 août had its world premiere at Hot Docs 2011. The film went on to open in theatres and has screened all over the world from North Carolina to Durban to Beijing.H2Oil premiered at Hot Docs 2009, and went on to tour over fifty festivals and hundreds of community screenings around the world. It has been shown at environmental actions, International summits, classrooms, and community halls.


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